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Douglas Glover’s raucous first novel was a finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award and sold out its first and only print run in just one month. Now mystery fans and readers of literary fiction alike can once again enjoy this witty post-modern detective tale by the author of Elle. The eponymous central character in Precious is a boozy, burned-out reporter with an embarrassing nickname and a penchant for getting into trouble. After three failed marriages and a humiliating stint in a Greek jail, he will do anything for the quiet life. A job as woman’s page editor for the Ockenden Star-Leader seems like just the ticket — that is, until town gossip Rose Oxley winds up dead with a pair of scissors lodged in her chest. Suddenly Precious finds himself embroiled in a hilariously over-the-top murder mystery, brimming with delicious satire about the newspaper business and culminating in a characteristically outrageous Gloverian showdown with firearms, snowmobiles, and booze. Inviting comparisons with the novels of Jasper Fforde and Ross MacDonald, Precious deftly combines an ingenious literary parody with the plot of a richly satisfying mystery.

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Meet Precious ? a burned-out, boozy journalist-cum-amateur-sleuth with an embarrassing nickname. He's the hero of Douglas Glover's hilariously suspenseful first novel. A brilliant send-up of the murder mystery genre, Precious was a finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1984 and sold out its first and only print run in just one month. Now, mystery lovers and fans of Glover's later fiction can enjoy this witty post-modern detective tale, which The Globe and Mail called ?a jolly Canadian extravaganza.? After three failed marriages and a stint in a Greek jail, Precious Elliott is ready for Dullsville. A job as woman's page editor for the Ockenden Star-Leader seems like just the ticket ?that is, until Rose Oxley, the town gossip, winds up dead with a pair of scissors lodged in her chest. Inviting comparisons with the work of Ross Macdonald and Jasper Fforde, Precious deftly combines a satisfying mystery plot with an ingenious literary parody.

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ISBN:
9780864924148
Author:
Glover, Douglas, Ed
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions
Author:
Glover, Douglas
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
219
Dimensions:
8.16x6.10x.63 in. .63 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Meet Precious ? a burned-out, boozy journalist-cum-amateur-sleuth with an embarrassing nickname. He's the hero of Douglas Glover's hilariously suspenseful first novel. A brilliant send-up of the murder mystery genre, Precious was a finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1984 and sold out its first and only print run in just one month. Now, mystery lovers and fans of Glover's later fiction can enjoy this witty post-modern detective tale, which The Globe and Mail called ?a jolly Canadian extravaganza.? After three failed marriages and a stint in a Greek jail, Precious Elliott is ready for Dullsville. A job as woman's page editor for the Ockenden Star-Leader seems like just the ticket ?that is, until Rose Oxley, the town gossip, winds up dead with a pair of scissors lodged in her chest. Inviting comparisons with the work of Ross Macdonald and Jasper Fforde, Precious deftly combines a satisfying mystery plot with an ingenious literary parody.
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